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Skibladner leaving the dock at Lake Mjøsa
The paddle steamer Skibladner.
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Any direction out of Oslo will take you to lush landscapes, rich history, and cultural experiences.

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    Highlights of Eastern Norway in one to six days

    Below are some suggestions provided by Ellen Mæhle, former content manager of the website visitosloregion.com. Take a quick tour through the suggested day trips on the list and pick and mix places to visit on your own round trip.

  1. 1. Akershus

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  3. 2. Østfold

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  5. 3. Vestfold

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  7. 4. Hedmark

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  9. 5. The Gjøvik region, Hadeland, and Ringerike

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  11. 6. Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen

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Things to do in the Oslo region
Find Ellen Mæhle’s day trip suggestions on the map and plan your own route.
Since 1968, Henie Onstad has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and performance program, and a central… Read more
Henie Onstad Artcenter
Drøbak is also called the Christmas town, the garrison town, the arts town, the restaurant town and the golf, tennis and riding town. Read more
Drøbak
Oscarsborg Fortress is a jewel in the Drøbak narrow. In summer, Oscarsborg is perfect for families and for those interested in nature, culture… Read more
Oscarsborg Fortress
The best preserved fortress town in the Nordic countries consists of buildings from the 18th century and and a fortification with walls and moats from… Read more
The Fortress Town
Fredriksten is Norway`s largest, most important and most venerable border fortress.   Many also find it one of the most magnificent in… Read more
Fredriksten fortress
Island hopping to Hvaler´s secret places. Hvaler is equally attractive by land as from the water. Read more
Island hopping Hvaler
Recreation area with a fantastic fjord view, rocks, fishing spots and skerries. Read more
Verdens Ende - “The World’s End”
It was in 1889 that Edvard Munch (1863-1944) spent the first of many summers in Åsgårdstrand. In 1898 he bought a house built at the end of the 18th… Read more
Edvard Munch´s house in Åsgårdstrand
One of Norway's largest medieval museums providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until… Read more
Domkirkeodden
The Norwegian Forest Museum has a national responsibility for presenting the history of hunting, trapping, fishing, forestry and forest industry. With… Read more
Norwegian Forest Museum
"Skibladner" is the pride of inland Norway. Dating back to 1856, she is the world's oldest paddle steamer still in scheduled service. Every summer,… Read more
DS Skibladner
Experience Kistefos-Museum: industrial museum, art Hall and sculpture park Kistefos Museum gives a calm and informal atmosphere, while at the… Read more
Kistefos-Museet - History, art, playfulness and picturesque
Lillehammer Art Museum is a private foundation and was established 01.04.1994. The foundation is a further development of the 67 year old institution,… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” is celebrated in one of Norway’s largest cultural… Read more
Peer Gynt festival
Enter the mythical country of Peer Gynt and the kingdom of the trolls as you follow this gravel road, which provides stunning panoramic views. Read more
Peer Gynt Road
Places to go in the Oslo region
Urban life and rural charm, cutting-edge architecture and Viking landmarks, world-class dining and local markets, cultural happenings and pristine nature, all close to Oslo.
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
The Lillehammer region is known to the world for the Olympic winter games in 1994 and the Netflix series Lilyhammer. Go there for real and take part… Read more
The Lillehammer region
Fredrikstad is a cosy city with deep historical roots. And it’s home to one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Scandinavia. Read more
Fredrikstad
A few decades ago Drammen had a reputation for being a somewhat grey industrial town. Today, however, you are greeted by fashionable surroundings and… Read more
The Drammen region
Get to know this charming, medium-sized city on the banks of Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. Experience a rich cultural life and one of the… Read more
The Hamar region
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
Sandefjord
Halden is an idyllic small town nestled down by the Iddefjord, just on the border to Sweden. Above the town looms the mighty Fredriksten Fortress. Read more
Halden
A 20-minute drive from Oslo, and you are in Follo, home to Norway’s largest amusement park Tusenfryd and a range of other attractions. Read more
Follo
Traces of olympic glory, a rich culinary heritage, and kilometres upon kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks. The roots go deep in the… Read more
Gjøvik
Being on the list of nationally valuable cultural landscapes, Hadeland can offer some of Norway’s most visited museums and attractions, such as… Read more
Hadeland
Stay in a treetop cabin, visit a farm, or enjoy the myriad of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hedmark is an ideal spot, whether you are looking… Read more
Hedmark
Its extensive forest and a host of walking, hunting and fishing options right on your doorstep makes Elverum well worth a visit… Read more
Elverum
In Akershus you can easily switch between the good life by the coast, urban city life and active holiday in the countryside. Read more
Akershus
You don’t have to travel far to get a more intimate and cozy alternative to Oslo. Asker, Bærum and Røyken offers a rich selection… Read more
Asker, Bærum & Røyken
Between Oslo and the Swedish border you find Østfold, a county that is rich on history – and a popular summer destination. Read more
Østfold
The borderlands between Oslo and Sweden offers untouched nature, Norway’s oldest canal Haldenkanalen, and many good fishing spots. Read more
Inner Østfold
The town of Moss and its surrounding areas have a rich industrial heritage, a flourishing art scene, and the most beaches in the whole of… Read more
Moss
Centered on Europe’s largest waterfall, the town of Sarpsborg was founded a thousands years ago by Norway’s patron saint and most… Read more
Sarpsborg
A seaside town offering plenty of outdoor pursuits, Horten also boasts a rich heritage dating back to Viking times. In nearby Åsgårdstrand… Read more
Horten
Hadeland glassworks and The Kistefos Museum are two of Norway’s most famous cultural attractions, and you can experience them on a trip to… Read more
Ringerike
Romerike is a green and lush region close to Oslo. Here you can visit Eidsvollsbygningen, the building where Norway's independence from Denmark… Read more
Romerike
Vestfold’s coastline has an extensive cultural history. The county by the Oslofjord has played a central role in Norwegian history as a hub for… Read more
Vestfold
From the Vikings of old times to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg. Read more
Tønsberg
Water has always been important in Larvik, from the time when the Vikings sailed in to build Norway’s first town at Kaupang and Colin Archer… Read more
Larvik
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